Lawlessness / Ruined – part 27

“The Empire Keeps Proving Assange Right About Everything” by Caitlin Johnstone (Rogue Journalist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal by the Trump administration. This has been revealed by a purportedly accidental copy-paste error in an unrelated court document which used Assange’s name, interestingly not long after it was reported to the Wall Street Journal that federal prosecutors “have considered publicly indicting Mr. Assange to try to trigger his removal from the embassy because a detailed explanation of the evidence could give Ecuadorean authorities reason to turn Assange over.”

Insider sources have reportedly confirmed to the Washington Post that Assange has been charged. Because those charges are sealed, it’s impossible to know what they are or how they’re being justified…

If you ask people who actually know what they’re talking about, however, it’s most likely for WikiLeaks’ Afghanistan and Iraq war logs and/or last year’s CIA leak publications, and most likely using the Espionage Act. This would constitute a deadly blow to press freedoms, and arguably a greater leap in the direction of Orwellian dystopia than the Patriot Act.

It also proves once again that Julian Assange was completely right…

Julian Assange was never hiding from justice. Julian Assange is, and always has been, hiding from injustice. He has been proven right about his reasons for seeking political asylum from Ecuador, as he has been proven right about so very much before.
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“As CNN, Media Cry Over Acosta, Trump is Free to Prosecute Assange for Airing US War Crimes” by Patrick Henningsen (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Rather disingenuously, US officials are repeatedly referring to WikiLeaks as “a non-state hostile intelligence service” (as if saying it enough times will make it real). Like most statements coming out of the mouth of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, this too is a bold-faced lie. US officials, along with their legion of constitutional lawyers, know very well that Wikileaks is in fact a publisher, which means the organization falls squarely under basic press freedom protections. What the corrupt wing of US Establishment and its syndicate partners are cynically attempting to do is to rewrite the law, effectively amputating a key provision of their own constitution. To allow such an affront to America’s founding principles to stand unchallenged will surely hasten the demise of the United States as a Constitutional Republic, and aid it steadily along the path of an embryonic fascist technocracy where any dissent or challenge to the authority of the state is no longer allowed, much less protected by prima facie law.
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As I commented on the 21st Century Wire website: “”embryonic” Lol! When is fascism actually fascism? Or can it ever be? Apparently, Fascism can never be fascism, if you’re a progressive blogger writing about it. It’s always ‘proto’ or ’embryonic’ or ‘quasi’ etc..”

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

“Lula’s last chance?” by Brian Mier (Brasil Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On November 2, US Department of Justice backed judge and prosecutor Sergio Moro revealed that he has been repeatedly lying that he would never enter politics and will accept an offer to serve as Minister of Justice in the new government of right wing extremist Jair Bolsonaro. The fact that he would accept this position after arbitrarily arresting Bolsonaro’s primary opponent, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in April on extremely flimsy charges, interrupting a beach vacation to prevent him from being released from jail, and illegally releasing audio files to a conservative TV network one week before the presidential election to incriminate leading opposition candidate Fernando Haddad, immediately drew cries of conflict of interest. These complaints were exacerbated when Vice President-elect, General Hamilton Mourão admitted that Moro met with Bolsonaro’s team before leaking the audio tapes…

When Moro announced he will be an integral part of the Bolsonaro government, Lula’s defense team immediately filed a habeas corpus for his release, alleging that this move irreversibly damaged the argument of impartiality by the judge.
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John Bolton

“The True ‘Troika of Tyranny’ In Today’s World Is The United States, Saudi Arabia And Israel” by Dimitri Lascaris (Dimitri Lascaris)

An excerpt from the above linked-to blurb for Dimitri’s RT presentation (below) follows:

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Yesterday, in an interview on RT America, I argued that the U.S. government’s sanctions on Iran have nothing to do with the human rights of the Iranian people, and that, to borrow John Bolton’s phrase, the true ‘troika of tyranny’ in today’s world is the United States, Said Arabia and Israel.
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U.S. B-52 Stratofortress aircraft [Credit: US Air National Guard]

“Bipartisan panel: US must prepare for “horrendous,” “devastating” war with Russia and China” by Andre Damon (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A bipartisan commission appointed by Congress issued a lengthy report Tuesday backing the Pentagon’s plans to prepare for a “great-power” war against Russia, China, or both, making clear that the Trump administration’s belligerent policies are shared by the Democratic Party.

Safe in the knowledge that its findings will never be seriously reported by the mass media, the authors of this report do not mince words about what such a war will mean. A war between the United States and China, which according to the report might break out within four years, will be “horrendous” and “devastating.” The military will “face greater losses than at any time in decades.” Such a war could lead to “rapid nuclear escalation,” and American civilians will be attacked and likely killed.
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“Sri Lanka: Second no-confidence motion passed as violent clashes erupt in parliament” by W.A. Sunil (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Physical clashes, threats and counter-threats continued in the Sri Lankan parliament yesterday as rival factions fought to secure government control following the November 14 no confidence motion against President Sirisena’s October 26 appointment of Mahinda Rajapakse as prime minister.

Sirisena ousted Rajapakse through a US-backed regime-change operation in the 2015 presidential election then formed a government of national unity between his faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the opposition United National Party whose leader Ranil Wickremesinghe became prime minister. Washington was hostile to the Rajapakse government’s close ties with Beijing…

The US, EU and other imperialist powers, have made clear their opposition to any return to power by Rajapakse and openly backed Wickremesinghe and the UNP. Washington, in particular, is determined to prevent Rajapakse or any other Sri Lankan political leader from shifting the country towards any alignment with Beijing and disrupting US preparations for war against China.
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“Modern slave ships overfish the oceans” by ? (Climate & Capitalism)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Labor abuses, including modern slavery, are ‘hidden subsidies’ that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing, new research from the University of Western Australia and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia has found.

The Global Slavery Index estimates that at least 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery, defined as any exploitation that a person cannot avoid, refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power or deception. It is particularly widespread in the textile, agriculture, construction and fisheries sectors, as well as in the sex industry and in forced marriages.
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Ordnance gathered in what the Ukraine government called an anti-terrorist operation in Eastern Ukraine.

“War-related environmental disaster in Ukraine” by Kristina Hook and Richard “Drew” Marcantonio (The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Yevhen Yakovlev sat in his Kiev office, some 700 kilometers from Ukraine’s still-hot war with Russian-backed separatists, the room overcrowded by piles of paper containing primary data about the conflict. “Ukraine is standing before, first of all, an ecological catastrophe,” he said, “more deep and dangerous than Chernobyl.”

A geologist and now chief researcher at Kiev’s Institute of Telecommunications and Global Information Space, Yakovlev has earned the right to reference Chernobyl, the 1986 nuclear accident in then-Soviet Ukraine that continues to haunt the country’s physical, geological, and political landscape. In May 1986, one month before that nuclear disaster, Yakovlev was set to receive a reprimand from the Communist authorities in Moscow, who had reacted negatively to his reports of troubling irregularities at Chernobyl’s ill-fated Reactor No. 4. Later, as a member of the Chernobyl response brigades, Yakovlev would be decorated for his role in the clean-up efforts.

Now, a review of Yakovlev’s data and other environmental information regarding the active conflict in Ukraine has convinced us that the current war in the eastern portion of that country has heightened the potential for a severe ecological disaster there.
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The article’s authors are mostly tight-lipped about their political view of the Ukrainian situation, but if I had to guess, I’d say that they support the Washington/Kiev alliance. In other words, they side with the Nazis. Even so, their warning about ecological disaster in Ukraine is needed and well-informed, obviously.

Jim Miles

“Canada’s “Sunny ways”: $160,000 per Yemeni death” by Jim Miles (Axis of Logic)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who declared “sunny ways” were back after the last election, continues to waffle on what is to be done about the Khashoggi killing in Turkey by the Saudi Arabians. The problem is being “investigated” and more consultation is to be held. The real problem as presented by CBC news tonight (Monday, November 12, 2018) is the combination of possible loss of jobs in London, Ontario, and the large penalty stated to be one billion dollars for an abrogation of the contract to sell hundreds of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The sales contract is “secret” and thus most of the details will never be known, other than the cost of $15 billion (Canadian) and the penalty.

The CBC had some of their usual pundits expressing their opinions on the subject…

pundit Tim Powers presented the argument, “it’s about business and politics.” Yes, it certainly is, as Trudeau waffles and Conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer dodges the question (it was a Stephen Harper Conservative deal finalized in 2014). Powers big question does not even consider Yemen, as he wonders “who would be punished here?” in reference to the supposed 3 thousand jobs at stake in London, Ontario. He reiterates later, “Why should we punish the people of London, Ontario?”

Those poor people of London, Ontario, for whom life will go on, work will continue as the contracting company is not just producing for this one sale. Sure wouldn’t want to stop killing Yemen citizens in order to protect Canadian workers who are in little if any danger from anything…

Real moral leaders, real peacekeepers, we support Saudi war crimes, and support the Saudi dictatorial theocracy that also supports ISIS and al-Qaeda. Way to go Canada, eh!
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“Fascists are good for stocks” by Doug Henwood (Left Business Observer)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Investors are looking forward to the inauguration of the terrifying fascist Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil on January 1…

The contrast is stark if you look at just the month of October. Since October 1, Mexican stocks are down 17.9%; Brazil’s are up 19.4%. ALMO [sic] promises rather mild reforms, and investors panic. Bolsonaro promises to destroy the left, deploy death squads to “fight crime,” steal resources from indigenous populations, and shower big business with favors, and investors celebrate.

What’s the spilling of blood when there’s money to be made?
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Hiroshima had to be destroyed this way before the war was ended because the US wanted to demonstrate its willingness to destroy on a massive scale. As if it hadn’t already.

“War Criminals in High Office Commemorate the End of World War I” by Michel Chossudovsky (Global Research)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In a bitter irony, several of the World’s leaders who were “peacefully” commemorating the end of World War I in Paris including Trump, Netanyahu, Macron and May are the protagonists of war in Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen.

To put it bluntly they are war criminals under international law.

They have blood on their hands.

What on earth are they commemorating?

In the words of Hans Stehling: “As We Honour the 15 Million Dead of 1914-1918, a Demented US President Flies into Paris with Plans to Attack Iran” [with nuclear weapons] (Global Research, November 12, 2018)

Lest we forget: War is the ultimate crime, “The Crime against Peace” as defined under Nuremberg.

The US and its allies have embarked upon the ultimate war crime, a Worldwide military adventure, “a long war”, which threatens the future of humanity.

The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest.
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“Ruin”

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